Best Ever Cinnamon Toast Recipe

Posted September 25, 2013 by Stephanie
best ever cinnamon toast recipe

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

Now that cooler weather is rolling in, I’m on a toast kick. I feel like toast is on a completely different level than plain old bread. I almost feel bad for bread and it’s lack of crispy edges. Whenever I see a loaf of bread at the grocery store I think to myself, “Wow, you would be delicious as a bag of toast! You need some transformative fire.” Toast’s golden brown color, crispiness and ability to melt butter gets me every time.

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

Have you ever read The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith? I’m pretty sure everyone’s seen the Disney movie at one point in their childhood, but I actually remember reading the novel before seeing the book. There was one chapter in the book that I looked forward to reading every time: “Hot Buttered Toast.” Pongo and Missis were out searching for their puppies and were cold and hungry. A courteous spaniel offered them shelter from the cold as well as piece after piece of hot buttered toast and sweet milky tea. It’s one of those scenes that makes you feel at warm and cozy inside.

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

Warm and cozy is how I feel whenever I eat cinnamon toast, no matter what the weather. There’s just something about cinnamon, butter, sugar and the contrast between toasty, golden brown outsides and fluffy, soft insides. I love cinnamon toast, but apparently I’ve been making it all wrong. I came across the Pioneer Woman’s informative post about toast other day and it was mind-blowing. She outlines the 3 classic (wrong) ways of making cinnamon toast.

  1. Buttering bread, sprinkling on cinnamon-sugar, toasting.
  2. Buttering bread, toasting, sprinkling on cinnamon-sugar.
  3. Toasting, buttering, sprinkling on cinnamon-sugar.

I’m guilty of number 3. Making cinnamon toast the wrong way results in lack of caramelization, soggy bread and cinnamon-sugar that just falls right off. I made all these varieties of cinnamon toast for a taste test and there is a decided difference between Bad Toast 3 and the Best Ever Cinnamon Toast. Bad Toast 1 is not really all that bad, but Bad Toast 2 and 3 are definitely not worth your time. Now that I have seen the cinnamon toast light, I swear, I’m never making cinnamon toast the wrong way again.

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

Best Ever Cinnamon Toast Recipe via The Pioneer Woman
makes 2 pieces of toast

  • 2 tablespoons room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 slices thick cut bread

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Spread cinnamon butter mixture on the bread making sure to go all the way to the edges. Place the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the broiler on and broil until golden and bubbling, 1-2 minutes. Enjoy hot!

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

best ever cinnamon toast recipe

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  1. o my god! It’s look amazing <3

  2. I always do #3 too! Will have to try this and pass it on to my #3 partner-in-crime, my brother.

  3. Amanda says:

    My big brother used to make me cinnamon toast all the time! He’d soften the butter in the microwave and mix in cinnamon and sugar. SO GOOD! Makes me feel like I’m 7 again.

  4. Karin says:

    Love your recipes!

  5. sara says:

    I usually do method 3, but I so need to try it this way – sound SO yummy!

  6. josie says:

    just made it! eating as i type, so goood i didnt have a broiler but still yummy xx

  7. Donna says:

    thanks! great to know cinnamon toast can be improved. i’ll try it shortly. :-)

  8. Heather says:

    Wow! I’ve always done #1. This is fantastic! Now I’m going to have to break it to my mom that she’s doing it wrong.

  9. Anitra says:

    I’ve made cinnamon toast every day since I have found this recipe…VERY good :)

  10. Noah says:

    Delicious recipie. I’ve used it three times and every time it comes out perfect. If you’re a bagel lover like I am, replace the thick bread with bagels and you will enter a whole new world of soft yet crunchy yet moist.

  11. Ashley says:

    Do you butter both sides?

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